We originally wanted to feature a video of a short extract of a track from Erik’s recently released album he’d posted on his Farcebook page, but luckily WordPress doesn’t support FB videos. Thanks Erik for posting just over half of an eleven minute track on YouTube.
Draft of a potential full-length review
– by Terry Collins
– Arlo Hennings
* “Age six Erik started to play an old piano in his grandmother’s house, he is self-taught and doesn’t come from a musical family but he could play piano and knew he would spend the rest of his life perfecting this gift.“
I don’t know about ‘perfection’, but I do know that the six tracks Erik has sent to IndoJazzia are one of the most engaging set of tunes I’ve heard in a long, long time. He tells us that he’s self-taught; he’s obviously listened to some music masters too.
As I try to write this, I find my right forefinger is dancing along my keyboard …. yes I type with two fingers one on each hand. That’s the only way I can ‘multi-task’: I’m bouncing in my seat, humming the melodies …. and producing loads of typos.
On tracks such as London Blues (about my home city) and Happy, his powerful left hand sets up a striding loop of minimalist boogie-woogie over which his right hand overlays memories plucked from the ethereal funk land.
– London Blues: A standard progression that can be heard on countless recordings from early boogie woogie to the Rolling Stones.
– Happy: This tune speaks of Scott Joplin, as does London Blues.
The mellow numbers, Hope, Song For My Mother, and the Love of My Life have a melodic classicism, emoting feelings such as Eric Satie produces.
– Hope has the meditative loneliness quality about it that is very reminiscent of some of Philip Glass’ work.
– Song For My Mother: every songwriter should write a song about their mother; it’s sheer candlelight magic.
– Love of My Life has the makings of a hit song. Erik’s strongest quality is writing simple and memorable pop melodies, a rare talent.
Sofia is a song and dance number from Broadway and the ‘song’ ends with words unwritten by Fats Waller’s lyricist partner Andy Razaf.
– This is a classic melody, mindful of early black and white Hollywood movies.
All of these songs are screaming for a soundtrack.
Update: Erik’s album will be distributed internationally by IndoJazzia.Musik from May 1st.